It all began in Bordeaux, in the heart of the vines at Château Smith Haut Lafitte, the estate belonging to Mathilde’s parents. Caudalie is a unique story of love, nature, passion, chance encounters and a sense of adventure!
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We met professor Joseph Vercauteren, laboratory director of the Pharmacy University of Bordeaux, during the harvest at Château Smith Haut Lafitte. He told us that grape seeds contain the most powerful antioxidants in the world. We have been working with him ever since.
Two years after this encounter, we launched our first 3 products, containing grape seed polyphenols (which still exist today!). At just 23 years old, we packed our bags and set out to show pharmacists across France our creations. Impressed with the effectiveness of our products, we were given our first shot of success - And there, Caudalie truly began ...
“We were looking for a French name connected to our wine-making roots. Caudalie is a wine term that refers to the unit of measurement for the time the flavors of a wine linger on the palate after tasting it.”
The formula is inspired by the Queen of Hungary’s elixir of youth.
The unique, 100% plant based formula quickly became a cult classic, loved by celebrities, make-up artists and beauty junkies all around the world. Today it remains one of our best-selling products.
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We always dreamed of creating a unique moment of wellbeing, hidden amongst the heart of the brand. Exploring the family estate, where Caudalie first started, we discovered a hot spring 1500 feet underground. This is how we came to create the first Vinothérapie Spa.
Priding ourselves on the tiny details, this unique brand experience allows you to unwind, enjoy our specialist treatments, performed by leading Vinotherapists - an indulgent and rejuvenating experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Welcome to Les Sources de Caudalie.
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Grape vines can live for 100 years, thanks to the naturally produced resveratrol that helps the vine's natural defenses and ability to regenerate. We were the first to patent this natural active ingredient with firming and anti-aging properties.
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A precious sap that runs from the vine stalks. This sap – as women working in the vines well know – fades dark spots on the hands and face and restores your skin's natural radiance. Professor Vercauteren identified and patented the molecule behind these incredible properties: Viniferine. This is how our Vinoperfect serum was first created and today, it is the No.1 best-seller around the world.
We created our Cosm-ethics values in 2006 and strive to improve them every year. Mathilde is committed to offering you the most natural formulas possible, while guaranteeing they remain both effective and luxurious.
After 7 years of research and over 200 trials, Mathilde created the ultimate product that brings together our 3 exclusive patents, with some of the most effective anti-aging active ingredients at their optimal concentration. Premier Cru was born, and today remains our most luxurious and powerful routine.
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“I am personally committed to every formula: Every week I test dozens of formulas to choose the most effective and sensorial ones.”
Giving back to the earth what it gives us every day: This was our goal when we began to dedicate 1% of our global sales to funding reforestation projects. Since 2012, we have planted and protected over 4 million trees in all 4 corners of the world.
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Having travelled the world, talking to our customers, we dreamed of creating a hub to tell our story to women through a place that expressed our origins and where we could offer an urban twist to our Vinothérapie roots. We set up our 1st boutique spa in New York and now have over 50 boutiques worldwide.
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After spending 5 years in the United States, meeting thousands of women and really listening to their skin concerns, Mathilde launched her first book that shared her vision, beauty expertise and practical advice with, of course, a natural "French" beauty twist!
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We had the immense privilege of meeting Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School in Boston. A true guru of longevity, he agreed to work alongside our team to patent a new molecule that tackles skin aging. This new Vinergy® patent can be found in our Premier Cru Serum.
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Our new site is larger, more efficient and eco-designed to live up to our commitment to greener cosmetics at the forefront of Research and Innovation. It is home to both an ultra-modern logistics site resolutely turned towards the international market, but also our Research and Natural Formulation Laboratories, where more than 1000 ingredients and active ingredients from nature and the latest biotechnologies are listed.
Caudalie has always been committed to creating effective, natural and clean products and being an environmentally-responsible brand. Since 2020, a little revolution has been taking place in our Natural Formulation laboratories. We are continuing our fight for more sustainable products and practices through our “cosm’ethics” charter and have removed 60 controversial substances from our formulas (including silicones and PEG). We also require our formulas to have a minimum of 95% natural origin ingredients (excluding Suncare products and Fresh Fragrances) and are working to ensure that all our packaging is designed to be recycled, recyclable or refillable by 2022.
Since 2013, Caudalie has worked with Harvard Medical School in its continuous search for even more effective formulas. Together, we have filed a new generation patent combining Vine Resveratrol + Hyaluronic Acid + Vegan Collagen Alternative. This patented innovation is found in all of the products in the Resveratrol-Lift collection, resulting in visibly firmer, and younger-looking skin.
This new environmental project has been founded with Pur Project founder, Tristan Lecomte, and is based in Thailand. Its aim is to clean plastic waste from the oceans and transform it into resources. With the help of local recyclers, we collect from the ocean, rivers and beaches the equivalent of the amount of plastic we use each year. By giving new life to waste, we help the planet to breathe a little easier.